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steve h10/10/2014 13:19:06
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Hello all -

I have again been out of the workshop for some time and with the intention of getting back in again, I decided that I wanted to make my own table saw guard.

I have a SIP 10" cast iron table saw and wanted to remove the propriety blade guard. I removed the riving knife and made the slot longer, which allows the riving knife to sit about 4mm lower than the blade, so material can pass over the top.

I then set about making an additional side support table that I could fix a support pillar to the branch across the top of the table to suspend a clear acrylic guard that I have knocked together.

This will be then be fixed to the overhead beam and through a series of brackets, will rise and fall whilst not being attached to anything.

I know Axminster do a kit for this, but did not want to part with £160.00 and the reviews are not all the brilliant.

Bottom line is: Is this a safe method of using the saw?

Your comments/thoughts please



Big Al10/10/2014 16:08:12
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Personally I don't think there is anything wrong with what you have described. You could incorporate some sort of rise and fall so that you can keep the guard close to the workpiece.


steve h24/10/2014 15:22:44
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Thanks Al - apologies for the lateness of my reply -

Following several attempts to make the suspended part, I gave up and purchased the Axminster one.

My main issue was that when the blade cover lifted it always traveled forward at the same time, making it very difficult to use.

The Axminster one is very good and they got around the issue (I had never seen this on any other one on the internet) they had a sliding top piece which allows you to move the cover backwards and forwards as well as a rise and fall.

The steel pipework is also very heavy and had to do lots of adjustments and also have to rig up a support from my ceiling to support the weight of the pipe as it spans out across the saw table.

Well - no excuses now (besides a lack of time embarrassed) to get back on with it - cleaned up the garage got everything sorted and.......................................................................................................................................................................??

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